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Composers & Musicians

  • Florence Foster Jenkinsby Nicholas Martin; Jasper Rees

    Pan Macmillan 2016; US$ 8.51

    'People may say that I couldn't sing. But no one can say that I didn't sing.' Despite lacking pitch, rhythm or tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America's best-known sopranos, celebrated for her unique recordings and her sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents, Florence was a talented young pianist... more...

  • Princeby Brian Morton

    Canongate Books 2016; US$ 8.29

    Prince Rogers Nelson released his first album in 1978. In the years that followed until his death in April 2016, he became a superstar, a recluse, an inspiration, an enigma, a slave and a symbol. He was a master of reinvention, but the one constant in his astonishing career was his genius: as a singer, a songwriter, a performer and a musician. He sold... more...

  • Bars, Blues, and Boozeby Emily D. Edwards

    University Press of Mississippi 2016; US$ 35.00

    True accounts from musicians, bar owners, and regulars at the crossroads of good times and despair more...

  • American Luthierby Quincy Whitney

    University Press of New England 2016; US$ 34.99

    The female pioneer who revolutionized violin acoustics and built the first violin octet more...

  • Delta Ladyby Rita Coolidge; Michael Walker

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 14.99

    The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience. She inspired songs?Leon Russell wrote ?A Song for You? and ?Delta Lady? for her, Stephen Stills wrote ?Cherokee.? She co-wrote songs??Superstar? and the piano coda to ?Layla,?... more...

  • Kill 'Em and Leaveby James Mcbride

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 28.00

    National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the ?real? James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by... more...

  • The Grand Tourby Rich Kienzle

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 17.99

    In the vein of the classic Johnny Cash: The Life , this groundbreaking work explores the wild life and extraordinary musical career of ?the definitive country singer of the last half century? ( New York Times ), who influenced, among others, Bob Dylan, Buck Owens, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Garth Brooks. In a... more...

  • What Happened, Miss Simone?by Alan Light

    Canongate Books 2016; US$ 8.29

    Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocative, and least-understood artists of our time. Drawn from a trove of rare archival footage, audio recordings and... more...

  • The Beatles' Shadowby Pauline Sutcliffe

    Pan Macmillan 2016; US$ 7.29

    Stuart Sutcliffe is the most famous contender for the crown of 'fifth Beatle'. One of the founding members, a close friend of Lennon, he left the band after their Hamburg sojourn in order to pursue his promising career as an artist, dying shortly thereafter of a brain haemorrhage. For years his sister Pauline has tried to protect his memory against... more...

  • Really the Bluesby Mezz Mezzrow; Bernard Wolfe; Ben Ratliff

    New York Review Books 2016; US$ 17.95

    Mezz Mezzrow was a boy from Chicago who learned to play the sax in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars, bootlegging, dealing drugs, getting hooked, doing time, producing records, and playing with the greats, among them Louis Armstrong, Bix... more...